Salty Scot | Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Parallel 49 Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Building upon a Scottish "Wee Heavy", this unique beer was developed to provide a strong caramel malt flavour with enough salt to give it a bit of a bite. Stronger in alcohol, this beer starts off sweet but remains fairly light to drink.

Added by canucklehead on 11-17-2012

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Photo of louislouis91
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bearman13
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TooManyGlasses
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle - new Scot on label from last version - seems angrier - er - saltier? Pours a very nice copper to dark amber with minimal short lived light tan head; aroma is of a very pleasant sweet caramel malt. Taste follows without a hint of bitterness - caramel/toffee - distinctly sweet with a very easy drinking smoothness. Only criticism is verges on a tad too sweet, but a quality offering from Parallel 49.

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Photo of LennyBound
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hendry
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Deerin
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber from a liquor store, age and storage unknown.

This ale is light brown, with decent visible carbonation. Not that deep, kind of a tootsie roll color, maybe some reddish hues. The head recedes entirely to give off a fizzy look.

Smells like brown malts, pleasant.perhaps roasted caramel.

A lot of flavors instantly hit the palate.i get a bit of dark fruit or plum, fig. Caramel, pretzels. Sweet malt. This tastes really good and is exactly what you'd expect given the title. There is a twang in the finish that I'm not crazy about though.

A little bit syrupy, not cloying, good carb, solid feel all around.

Quite good, but not exceptional.

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Photo of AGoodStout
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Everydayoff
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Clear brown ruby in color with very thick frothy light tan head, it stands with pretty good retention and gradually dissipates to a long-lasting bubble sheet on the surface and leaves some lacing patch and spot on the glass-side.

Very malty aroma of rich caramel, toffee, chocolate, nuttiness, sweet candy, biscuit, bread, and brown sugar. There is also a suggestion of mild fruitiness, slight hint of sea salt, and slight spice in the background.

Still lots of malty goodness dominates the palate sensation with notes of rich caramel, toffee, chocolate, nuttiness, sweet candy, biscuit, bread, and brown sugar while sea salt adds some crisp and salty touch in the middle. Hop is muted with only just some faint fruitiness. The end and aftertaste is quite lasting with caramel sweetness and lightly toasted profile.

Medium body with some crisp and low to medium carbonation through the palate, it is proper and enough to carry all the things well under smooth mouthfeel and dry finish.

The best description to this is malt and malt and malt. Malt is everywhere with immense caramel profile along with some touch of sea salt to give it a bite. Great to enjoy chill not too cold.

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Photo of djrn2
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RProwse
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dillybarrrrr
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.25

Salty Scot poured from a 650mL 7.5% bottle to a tulip. No bottling date
Been hesitant to pick this one up due to its description and me not being a fan of winter beers. Gave in due to it being parallel 49 being my fave brewery
L: First off i gave this a pretty rough pour that would usually give most beer a half a glass of head. It turned out to only give me about a finger, or a thick finger at most. Look is quite unique, not as light as a honey based beer but not dark as a porter or stout. Very unique, intriguing.
S: Thiiiiccckk caramel smell, scratch that, burnt caramel. Hints of honey and chocolate
T: The thick caramel smell blends into a very balanced taste, a touch of sweet, due to the chocolate more than caramel imo. Some reason picking up purple grapes/red wine flavor not much but a bit.
Feel: Very generic, just winter-y, nothing special, the most lackluster part of the beer
Finish: Very light despite the color suggesting otherwise.
OV: Very surprised actually wish i would have picked it up sooner would have again and will stop avoiding the 12pk with this as the guest. pick one up before winter is over.

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Photo of Stengelfoot
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeersForEveryone
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LampertLand
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Parallel 49 Brewing 'Salty Scot' @ 7.5% , served from a 341 ml bottle Day 15 Seasons Greetings
A-pour is a light amber from the bottle to a dark amber in the glass with a small creamy tan head that is leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-salty , caramel
T-salty , dark & malty , slight burnt sugar/caramel on the swallow
MF-ok/mild carbonation , feels full bodied , slight dryness lingering on the palate
Ov-a thick , salty caramel , malty scotch ale , worth trying
prost LampertLand

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Photo of mistahmojoryan
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of StevenMilligan
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of donspublic
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into tulip, nice 2 finger tan head, recedes after a minute, nice lacing. Dark reddish amber in the glass, clear but dark. Smells of sweet malt. Taste initially of caramel/toffee sweetness, dark fruit (raisin, prune) with mild bitterness and a semi sweet finish with a touch of saltiness. Nice take on a Scotch Ale, got this in a shipment and will enjoy the remaining 2

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Photo of nobledust
3.27/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of biegaman
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Stereotypes always depict the Scottish with red hair and Salty Scot's fair auburn highlights do nothing to quell that perception (although at least it's not wearing a kilt). The coppered complexion straddles the boundary between clear and hazy but is very vibrant. Its head, on the other hand, is shall we say much more 'dispirited' and can't even be bothered to leave lace.

Despite its name, Salty Scot is far from aggressive or boisterous. In fact, it's surprisingly shy on personality, especially in the aroma. Clean, concentrated maltiness is first and foremost (as it should be) and, caramelly notes notwithstanding, it doesn't smell especially sweet (nor should it) and yet, while stylistically solid, it leaves something to be desired...

But I'm hard-pressed to think of what's missing. The combination of crystal, Munich and chocolate malts ensures toasty, nutty undertones in addition to that crunchy caramel flavour. Sea salt, really only noticed on the finish, nonetheless compliments the sweetness in the aftertaste (and makes for a bit of a pretzel flavour). Again, from a technical standpoint, it's on point.

Consider that Wee Heavy is a caramelly-sweet style to begin with - you'd expect the addition of actual caramel to put things over the top. Fortunately, you'd be mistaken. Credit to the brewer for using enough hops to prevent things from getting cloying or syrupy (cardinal sins for any style, especially this one). They've done a marvelous job at hiding the 7.5% alcohol too.

Parallel 49 may take Salty Scot away in the warmer months... but they'll never take OUR FREEDOM!!! Sorry, had to do it. Seriously though, this is a fine winter seasonal and, despite my initial presumption, isn't the least bit gimmicky. It may be geared more towards the general consumer and is hence a little "tepid" but it's still a worthwhile and well-brewed recipe.

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Photo of smithj4
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Hayden34
2.84/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Rick778
3.24/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Scott_McCool
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 10Crumra
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Salty Scot from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 268 ratings
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